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2009 was a year of changes for the printed word, with e-books on the rise, and the closure of numerous newspapers and magazines around the globe. But here at AbeBooks, the classics hold their own. On AbeBooks.com's list of the 25 bestselling books of 2009, you'll find tried and true titles like To Kill a Mockingbird, The Catcher in the Rye, and The Grapes of Wrath alongside newer, modern titles. Some classics enjoyed a resurgence, as well, such as Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, whose portents of a society under economic collapse took on new meaning as the world battled against a recession. The economy also helped Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America to land a spot at #21. Other events that helped to shape book sales included the release of the film adaptation of Julie Powell's book Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, in which the author devotes a year of her life to cooking every recipe in a Julia Child cookbook. The book and film sparked great renewed interest in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1.

The Top 25:

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
6. Atlas Shrugged
Ayn Rand

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
7. The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini


A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
8. A Thousand Splendid Suns
Khaled Hosseini

Night by Elie Wiesel
9. Night
Elie Wiesel

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
10. Who Moved My Cheese?
Spencer Johnson

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
11. Lord of the Flies
William Golding

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
12. The Road
Cormac McCarthy


The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
15. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
16. Three Cups of Tea
Greg Mortenson

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
17. Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston


The Shack by William P. Young
18. The Shack
William P. Young

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
19. The House on Mango Street
Sandra Cisneros

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
20. The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
21. Nickel and Dimed
Barbara Ehrenreich

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
22. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
David Wroblewski


The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
23. The Secret Life of Bees
Sue Monk Kidd

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
24. The Five Love Languages
Gary Chapman



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